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On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss the design of Apple's upcoming mixed-reality headset with professional product designer Marcus Kane.

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Marcus is an industrial designer and UX consultant who uses virtual and augmented reality headsets on a daily basis to support his workflow. He recently created detailed concept renders of what he expects Apple's mixed-reality headset will look like with YouTuber David Lewis based on rumors, Apple patent filings, and his own expertise.

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We talk through Marcus's approach to the design and what existing Apple products inspired him, looking at some of the key aspects that Apple will have had to consider with the device. We also discuss the broader user experience with the headset, including its rumored waist-mounted battery pack – which Marcus has envisioned as enclosed in a pouch on a shoulder-strap that also contains a cable to power the device, potential restriction to indoors use only, and real-world passthrough with a "reality dial."

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Since Marcus uses existing headset products to support his design work, we learn about some of practical use-cases for this category of device, where Apple could compete, and what key software features the company could deliver. See more of Marcus's work over in David Lewis's latest video, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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madmin

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No way the carrying case is going to be that sensible.
Anyway, it'll be wirelessly charged from a battery hidden in a Peaky Blinders style cap
 
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spinedoc77

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Is that small size really realistic of today's technology? I'm thinking of the Magic Leap which seems to be the smallest unit out there, and it's still significantly larger than these concepts, and I belive that's only AR and not VR. Initially priced at I believe $2300 I would think Apple is using similar component technology. Although that was a few years ago so maybe technology has caught up and components are smaller, plus the battery is offloaded.

I'm still having trouble seeing anyone outside of specialized industries really wearing a goggles like design, I would think it would be closer to some sort of device that's easy on/off like glasses. At least now it has a nylon band, instead of the other idiotic concept with a fluoroelastomer band. Man, this is going to be really crazy when released with all the buildup.
 

Mr. Dee

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I think Apple is hoping on the same role out as the Apple Watch where it will find its identity and build momentum in a few years. It will hopefully buy them some time to perfect the technology. They might downgrade it and make it a hobby for a while like the Apple TV.
 
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temende

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AR seems cool but VR has zero utility to me. I don't want to escape my actual reality to enter some virtual reality. I'm perfectly happy with my actual reality and I prefer being surrounded by physical people instead of a bunch digital avatars. I want to watch TV with other people on a shared screen, laughing together where we can see each other, not in some virtual movie theater where we each have these massive goggles on us and are rendered as Memoji.
 

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If it looks like anything resembling a sleeping mask it will be a no-buy for me.

Apple has got to do 10x better than Meta, HTC, and Sony at designing a beautiful headset that people will actually want to wear in public and won’t make them objects of ridicule like the Google Glass. And that was a headset that only obscured a small part of your face!

It’s a tall order, but Apple are the ones who could make this a socially desirable AR/VR product.
 
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